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We currently have a number of vacancies;

  • Group Leader

CEPAMS Group Leader Positions

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology (Beijing) and the CAS Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences / Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology (Shanghai), together with the John Innes Centre in the UK, have established a joint Centre of Excellence for Plant and Microbial Science (CEPAMS).

We wish to recruit tenure-track Group Leaders to join this Centre, to be based either in Beijing or Shanghai.

Group Leaders will run internationally outstanding and innovative research programmes.

We are particularly interested in candidates in the areas of plant developmental genetics, crop improvement and plant and microbial natural products, but invite candidates from any field of plant and microbial sciences to apply.

Applications from female candidates and international candidates are especially welcome.

How to apply

These positions will be affiliated with both the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the John Innes Centre. Successful candidates will be employed by CAS and based in dedicated CAS laboratories in either Beijing or Shanghai.

A CV with covering letter is requested. The CV should include a recent photograph and the names and contact details of three academic referees. The CV should also include a brief synopsis of up to five key publications following the guidance provided below.

In addition, provide statements of current and future research plans (no more than three A4 pages for each)

Further information can be obtained from the Co-Directors of CEPAMS: Xiaofeng Cao at (+86 10 64806631) or Ray Dixon at (+44 1603 450747). Applications should be submitted to Lei Qi by email to (+86 10 64806505).

There is no closing date. Applications will be considered as they are received.

CEPAMS is a signatory of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment.

This recruitment exercise and any subsequent appointment are exclusively regulated by the employment law of the People’s Republic of China.

How to tell us about your publications

CEPAMS will not evaluate candidates based on the scientific journal in which their papers were published.

In your CV, we would like you to explain up to five of your publications in more detail:

  • Give a full reference, including doi
  • Provide a clear explanation (in the first person singular) of your own personal contribution to both the research and preparation of the manuscript
  • Highlight the key findings of the work, contribution to the scientific field and importance for subsequent research

No more than half a page of A4 should be used for each publication.

A fictitious worked example is provided below.


Darby, C. J., Cao, X.F, Qi, L. & Dixon, R (2019). Elucidation of the xanthohumol biosynthetic pathway in Humulus lupulus. Journal of Applied Brewing Sciences, 48 (6), 261-283.


As the postdoctoral research assistant responsible for this project, I was named on the original grant application to the funder, I co-designed the necessary experiments with Ray Dixon and undertook the vast majority of the laboratory work.

It was my insight into a related prenyltransferase pathway that that led to the final breakthrough necessary for full understanding of the penultimate biosynthetic step.

I wrote the first full draft of this manuscript and worked closely with the corresponding author during iterations with the journal before publication.


This is the first paper to detail the entire biosynthetic pathway for xanthohumol in hops, resolving the missing penultimate step that has eluded biochemists for more than a decade.

As such it opens up the research field in many directions related to brewing science and also, due to xanthohumol’s anticarcinogenic properties, medical science. This paper is already being cited in exciting new work in nutriceuticals research.

Our own lab has private sector funding to take the first steps to transfer the xanthohumol biosynthetic pathway to Saccharomyces cerevisiae in order to boost levels in beer without increasing hop content.